The Little Things – October and November 2014

The Little Things - October and November 2014

Holy moly December is in full swing. But it’s the holiday season, for which I am incredibly grateful. My most favorite time of the year! Well, tied with fall? I don’t know … I can’t decide! Let’s just say both are my most favorite-ist times!

To be completely honest with you, I debated skipping my little things posts for both October and November. These past two months have been, well, hard. And so very very sad. And frankly I haven’t been in the mood to chat about what seemed like silly, happy things.

Less than a month after my grandpa left this world to go to a better place, my uncle unexpectedly passed away. It was less than two weeks before Thanksgiving when it happened. Losing two close family members in such a short time and around the holidays has been pretty heartbreaking. And then while we were in New Jersey for the funeral, my grandmother (and only remaining grandparent) was hospitalized.

Talk about the one two (three?) punch, huh? Thankfully, my grandma was released from the hospital this week and while she has a recovery ahead, will be okay. I don’t know if my heart could take much more right now.

So. I thought I would instead share a few things that I’m grateful for today. Because life is short and these last two months have most certainly been a strong reminder of that.

The Little Things - October and November 2014

I’m thankful for getting to spend time with my family these last two months, including lots of extended family who I don’t normally get to see. There was plenty of laughing and chatting and catching up – which I think both my grandpa and uncle would have approved of!

The Little Things - October and November 2014

I’m thankful for my sweet friends. For checking in on me and sending pretty flowers. And getting to hang out at our regular potlucks, which were distractions in the best possible way!

The Little Things - October and November 2014

Me with my uncle circa a veryyy long time ago!

This one may sound weird, but in a strange way I’m so thankful that my uncle was at my grandpa’s funeral (different side of the family). We had a chance to talk and he was telling funny stories as always to lighten the mood. If it wasn’t for my grandpa’s funeral, I wouldn’t have gotten the chance to see him one last time.

The Little Things - October and November 2014

I’m thankful for my husband, who drove all the way each time back and forth the 9+ hours to and from New Jersey. So that I could sit and happily drink my coffee and eat necessary sweets from Starbucks. Total necessity for road trips.

The Little Things - October and November 2014

I’m thankful we made it back home to North Carolina for Thanksgiving. To many people it may have seemed completely nuts since we got back two days before the holiday, but I am so glad I got to make my full turkey day feast. And spend it with my husband’s family and a friend who stayed in town (and was my sous chef that day – totally need to get me one of those full time!). It was exactly what I needed.

The Little Things - October and November 2014

I’m thankful for holiday cooking and baking. Spending time in the kitchen is my total happy place and this is my favorite time of the year to do just that. Especially getting to make treats to share with others.

The Little Things - October and November 2014

I’m thankful for this little bugger. And all her extra cuddles and completely ridiculous (and funny) antics. She sure knows how to make someone smile!

The Little Things - October and November 2014

Christmas decorations! They just make me happy and give such a boost of cheer! Especially Emma’s stocking right there in the middle.

So. I know this has been different than my normal little things posts and not quite so lighthearted as usual around these parts – so thank you for bearing with me.

And I want to know! What are you thankful for this holiday season?! Tell me, tell me! And yes, it can totally be as silly as sticking christmas costumes on your dog (don’t worry, pictures coming soon, Emma was not happy about said costume).